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Kirstie Alley Reveals She Has Been a Scientologist Since 1978

by Halle Ames
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Actress Kirstie Alley reveals that she has been a part of the church of Scientology since 1978.

Kirstie Alley reveals in a tweet that she has been a member of the controversial religion of Scientology since 1978. However, she hasn’t been very forward with information about the group but plans to change that in her upcoming podcast.

On an episode of Celebrity Big Brother from 2018, she admits that she is a member, but she was quite vague when asked what it is about. 

“The best way for someone to find out what it is is to read a book on it. There are many, many Scientology books, or there is a TV channel now called Scientology.TV,” she says.

Rodrigo Alves attempts again to get answers out of the actress. 

“But what is the God then because we’ve all got a god,” asks Alves. “I always have like a belief in something. Is there a God Scientologist?” 

“Not unless you wanted. It would just be like– that’s what I mean, you should read a book,” states Alley. “Here, it would be like this. If I really wanted to know what a Christian was and what they really believed, I would read the Bible. I was raised Christian, so I would read the Bible. If I really wanted to know what Muslim was, I’d read the Quran. If you want to know what it is, you can just find out.”

Kirstie Alley on Scientology

In past interviews, however, she tried to debunk rumors against the church and stereotypes.  

“First of all, I just want everyone to know I have hundreds of friends who have come into Scientology and left Scientology. You are not shunned, you’re not chased. All that stuff’s bulls***. When you’re generalizing and when your goal is to malign and to say things about an entire group… when you decide to blanket statement that Scientology is evil, you are my enemy.”

From 1987 until 1993, the actress appeared on the show Cheers but refused to appear on the show’s spin-off, Frasier. She said the show centered on psychiatry, which she doesn’t support due to her religious beliefs. On Scientology’s website, they say that psychiatry “has no basis in fact and that there is no evidence of ailments like depression and anxiety, calling the use of antidepressants an elaborate and deadly hoax.”